Breaking News
SmartEnergy Designline Blog

China passes U.S. in on both energy fronts: use and renewables

NO RATINGS
View Comments: Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View
Silicon_Smith
User Rank
Rookie
re: China passes U.S. in on both energy fronts: use and renewables
Silicon_Smith   7/25/2010 5:57:23 AM
NO RATINGS
A couple of points: One, the statistics not only reflect how the 1.3 B Chinese have grown but also how the 350 M americans abuse energy. With four times the population, China deserves to consume but what is America's excuse for such guzzling? Secondly, indeed non renewable energy should be considered seriously, and it is easier for developing nations, with lesser vested interests in conventional forms, to take the lead. One particular project as part of the Indian initiative, aims to have 1100 MW grid connected solar power by 2013 and 20,000 MW in the next 12 years.

patrick.mannion
User Rank
Staff
re: China passes U.S. in on both energy fronts: use and renewables
patrick.mannion   7/20/2010 1:09:07 AM
NO RATINGS
The International Energy Agency, which supplied the data used in this article, also put out release stating that nuclear power can be "a key contributor to combating climate change." I don't know about climates changing, but expansion of nuclear-generated power might be a good option.

will99878898
User Rank
Rookie
re: China passes U.S. in on both energy fronts: use and renewables
will99878898   7/20/2010 12:48:23 AM
NO RATINGS
I am feeling EE times is getting all 2 much on this forum type of stuffs. I bet some of the editors are going to get axed. we are going to see less original articles and more users 'comments' this is low carbon style, absolutely.

CodeRed
User Rank
Rookie
re: China passes U.S. in on both energy fronts: use and renewables
CodeRed   7/20/2010 12:07:03 AM
NO RATINGS
An important factor that needs to be regarded here is that industrial manufacturing is a major energy consumer. And China manufactures much of the goods we and the rest of the world consumes. If we manufactured these goods ourselves our energy consumption would invariably be higher. A big export economy like China or Germany is bound to be a big energy consumer. We can demand they reduce energy use, but at the same time the goods we want aren't going to self-assemble out of thin air. This is why energy accounting needs to follow goods and capital over national borders. Who is the biggest consumer?

nicolas.mokhoff
User Rank
Rookie
re: China passes U.S. in on both energy fronts: use and renewables
nicolas.mokhoff   7/19/2010 6:53:38 PM
NO RATINGS
It will be even more interesting to see China weens itself off coal as its main energy source for factories, lest the resultant overabundant carbon dioxide starts eating away at their and our own way of life. Already clouds of coal dust are reported to be moving over the Pacific and settling on U.S. soil and water. Being the most in something that's spiraling out of control is not a statistic to be proud of.

Bob Lacovara
User Rank
Rookie
re: China passes U.S. in on both energy fronts: use and renewables
Bob Lacovara   7/19/2010 5:52:03 PM
NO RATINGS
As statistics go, agreed, it's definitely of interest. But my question, a few seconds after finishing the article, is "what does it mean?" (The statistic, not the article.) As pointed out, 1.3 billion people and their infrastructure are going to use more energy than 350 million people as the 1.3 billion charge up the manufacturing ladder. A bright note: the use of renewable energy sources, to my mind much overrated as a general panacea for dependence on fossil fuels, is generally a good thing. Particularly in so far that in a developing industrial state, far fewer entrenched interests must be displaced to utilize a new energy source as opposed to the morass of interests one must deal with in Europe or the US. If nothing else, it will be useful and instructive to see just how China solves the problems of merging the renewable and unrenewable sources effectively.

More Blogs from SmartEnergy Designline Blog
Valeo engineers claimed they have developed an electrification solution that enables car manufacturers to turn a traditional engine –diesel or gasoline- into a hybrid engine.
At the Santa Rita do Sapucaí Penitentiary in Brazil, prisoners have been given the opportunity to shorten their sentence by becoming human power generators
Researchers from the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems and Dow Corning Corporation are working on materials to protect solar cells from environmental influences. Silicone appears as one of the most promising materials.
As the global energy demand continues to increase, a team of researchers at the Ruhr University Bochum, in Germany, is developing a water-based lithium-ion battery.
Flash Poll
Like Us on Facebook

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
EE Times on Twitter
EE Times Twitter Feed
Top Comments of the Week